Amazing Snakes!

How would you like to play a game of True
or False? Squeaks and I came up with a really fun game
where you guess what’s true and what’s not about one of our favorite kinds of animals
— — snakes! Snakes are super interesting, and there are
lots of different kinds! Scientists think there are more than 3,500
different types of snakes in the world! The smallest is about as thin as a piece of
spaghetti, and can curl up comfortably on a quarter. But another kind, called a python, can grow
to be about ten meters long — which is just a bit shorter than a school bus! Some snakes are brightly colored, while others
blend in really well to their environments. But there are a few things that a lot of people
— including kids! — tend to think about snakes, and they’re not true! So, we came up with this awesome game, so
you can learn the facts about these amazing animals! I’ll say something about snakes, and you
and Squeaks can guess if it’s true or false! Ready? Alright! Number one! Snakes are slimy and squishy. True or false? (Squeaks squeaks) Right, Squeaks, that’s false! All snakes belong to a group of animals called
reptiles. Like all reptiles, snakes have skin that’s
covered with scales to help protect them. Touch your fingernail. How does it feel? Snake scales feel a lot like that! That’s because scales are made of the same
stuff as your fingernails and toenails! So scales feel hard, and, most of the time,
pretty smooth. Which means that a snake doesn’t feel slimy
at all! It feels dry! But are snakes squishy, like a worm? Nope! All reptiles, including snakes, also have
something else—a skeleton made of bones. In fact, a snake’s skeleton has a lot of
the same parts that our skeletons have. Can you reach around and touch the middle
of your back? If you can, then you should be able to feel
hard bumps from the top of your neck all the way down. These bumps are caused by the bones that make
up your backbone. Muscles inside your body connect to your backbone,
and help you do all kinds of things, like stand up, bend over, and sit down. A snake has a backbone, too! And it does the same job as your backbone. It works with a snake’s muscles to help
it move. The way a snake moves is really cool—and
it has a name that’s kind of fun to say: slithering. So, having a backbone means that snakes aren’t
soft and squishy like worms. Even though worms and snakes have a shape
that looks kind of the same, they’re not the same kind of animal. Worms don’t have a skeleton, or a backbone. So worms don’t slither, they wriggle, or
crawl. Ok let’s move on to question Number Two
in our game: Snakes attack and chase people. True or false? (Squeaks squeaks) You’re right, Squeaks! That’s false, too You might have heared people say that snakes
are aggressive, which means they’ll attack or chase people. But that’s not true. Snakes are usually pretty shy, and most of
the time, they’ll slither away to hide when people are around. But they will bite if they are afraid or if
they can’t get away to hide. So, if you do see a snake, you don’t need
to run away. But you should leave them alone, and give
them lots of space. Ok, let’s do one more question. Number Three: Snakes are important. True or false? This one is definitely true! Snakes are very important animals. Snakes eat other animals, and many of those
animals that snakes eat are ones that can sometimes cause problems. Snakes might eat baby insects like, like mosquitos… …or slugs, that can eat the flowers and
vegetables that grow in our gardens… They can even eat mice, rats, and other small
animals that sometimes carry disease. Sorry Squeaks! But you’re safe! Snakes don’t eat robot rats! Now, imagine what might happen if snakes weren’t
around to eat some of these animals. There would be more and more of them…and
the problems they cause would get bigger too! So having snakes around helps keep an environment
in balance. And an environment that’s in balance is
good for all living things—including people! So, if you’re lucky enough to see a snake
when you’re out and about— you don’t need to be afraid of
it. In fact, you might want to give it a wave
and tell it, “thank you”! And thank you, as always, for joining me on
SciShow Kids! Do you have a question for us here at the
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